Nan Goldin and Thomas Demand at Castello di Rivoli

Nan Goldin and Thomas Demand at Castello di Rivoli

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art

October 19, 2002

Nan Goldin
Devils Playground

October 23, 2002 - January 12, 2003

Thomas Demand
October 23, 2002 - January 26, 2003

Castello di Rivoli
Museo dArte Contemporanea 
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
10098 Rivoli (Torino)
fax 011.9565231
tel. 011.9565222/280

NAN GOLDIN, At the bar, C Toon and So Second Tip Bangkok, 1992

Two new exhibitions at Castello di Rivoli

Nan Goldin. Devils Playground

Curated by Catherine Lampert in association with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev for the Castello di Rivoli venue

Press preview Monday October 21, 2002, 11:30 a.m.

Nan Goldin, born in Washington D.C. in 1953, studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She began taking photographs at the age of 16 and had her first solo exhibition three years later, where she used realistic images to capture moments in the everyday lives of friends or people living at the fringes of large urban centres, such as the transvestites in her Drag Queens series. Having achieved international recognition, Nan Goldin is considered one of the most influential photographers for recent generations of artists. She has had solo exhibitions at the Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona, 1993; the Neue National Galerie, Berlin, 1994 and at the Centre dArt Contemporain, Geneva, 1995. In 1996 Ill Be Your Mirror, her most significant traveling retrospective to date, was shown at the Whitney Museum in New York. Having lived in London, Berlin, Bangkok and Tokyo, Goldin now lives and works in Paris and New York. This exhibition, which includes 350 images, is the first large-scale retrospective in Europe dedicated to her work. With venues at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Museo Serralves in Porto, the show, after traveling to Rivoli, will go on to the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. The exhibition is organized into several sections, moving from the black and white Drag Queens series, created in Boston in the 1970s, to the artists subsequent work in color, with The Cookie Mueller Portfolio (1976-1990), and her slide projections, with the series entitled The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1981-1996). Heart Beat (2001), a new series of slides created specifically for this exhibition, will also be presented, with a soundtrack by Björk. Goldin photographs the members of what she considers her extended family: artists, drag queens, lovers of both sexes, friends. Her work thus is presented as a group of snapshots that reveal, without taboos, friendships and loves, but also existential solitude and fragility. Her images, which often present scenes of everyday life with intense realism, have undeniable visual and emotional power.

Thomas Demand
Curated by Marcella Beccaria

Press preview Monday, October 21, 2002, 11:30 a.m.

Thomas Demand, born in 1964 in Munich, lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künst in Munich from 1987 to 1989, and at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf from 1989 to 1992. In 1992 he moved to Paris, and the following year he attended Goldsmiths College in London. He has participated in significant group exhibitions, some of the most recent of which include: New Photography 12, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1996; Stills: Emerging Photography in the 1990s, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1997; Carnegie International 1999/2000, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 1999; the travelling exhibition Mirrors Edge presented at the Castello di Rivoli Museo dArte Contemporanea in 2000. He had his first solo exhibition in 1991. His work has been shown at numerous museums, including Tate Gallery in London in 1999, Fondation Cartier pour lArt Contemporain, Paris, in 2000. In 2001, he showed at Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, and De Appel, Amsterdam, in 2001.

Thomas Demands photographs exist in the subtle boundary area that separates reality from imagination. His works emerge from his photographs of three-dimensional maquettes that describe a world reduced to pure models. The artist calls into question the traditional veracity attributed to the photographic image. For his first exhibition in an Italian museum, Demand is presenting new photographic works conceived for the historical context of the Castello di Rivoli as well as a new film entitled Recorder. Recorder will be presented in the Baroque chapel located on the second floor of the Castello.

A catalogue with a text by Marcella Beccaria will be published by Skira on the occasion of the exhibition.

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